I’ve heard plenty of people say that they don’t bother signing up for an airline or hotel loyalty program because they don’t travel much, or they never stay at such-and-such chain. I’m writing to say that those folks are missing an opportunity. Here’s why:
We’re going away in late February and we needed to get a hotel room near the airport the evening we arrive, and the evening before we leave. I didn’t want to spend much since we’re basically just sleeping there. Then I remembered: I have 30,000 Radisson Gold Points points sitting in my account for when I stayed at the Radisson Danbury in 2000. Yes, 11 years ago. I never stayed at a Radisson before then. I haven’t stayed at a Radisson since then. I’ve gotten emails for 11 years from them harassing me about using those points, and there they sat. Until now.
In February I’ll be using those points for 2 nights worth about $250. You never, ever know when you’ll end up in a situation where a few points will come in handy. Always, always sign up for the loyalty program and take the points.